Which Ascension Parish high schools will have artificial turf for the ’21 football season? | News
Artificial turf comes on the high school athletic fields at Ascension Parish. The first projects are expected to be completed in time for the football season in autumn.
“We’ll be laying the foundation stone on the Monday after graduation,” Jeff Parent, design and construction manager, told the Ascension Parish School Board at all four high schools last week.
This Monday is May 17th after the final graduation ceremony on May 14th at both Donaldsonville High and East Ascension High. (Graduations at Dutchtown High and St. Amant High will take place earlier this week on May 12 and 13, respectively.)
The new Prairieville High School will also have artificial turf on its soccer field when it opens in the fall of 2023.
The groundbreaking project is one of 14 construction and improvement projects made possible last year by voters looking to extend an existing property tax of 15.08 on a $ 140 million bond proposal.
The school district reckoned the cost of installing the artificial turf at its four high schools and a fifth new one at $ 7.5 million. However, due to the “very competitive” bidding process, the low bid was $ 4.17 million. Parent said.
According to Parent, eleven companies from across the Gulf South region, from Louisiana, as well as from Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina and Texas, are applying for the project.
The winning offer, presented on March 16 by the Ascension Parish School Board, went to the sprinturfing company based in Daniel Island, South Carolina.
Among the four high school stadiums is Griffin Stadium in Dutchtown High on La. 73 in Geismar is the only one on the school campus.
The others are in where the high schools were originally located: Donaldsonville High’s Floyd Boutte Stadium on Clay Street in Donaldsonville; East Ascension High’s Spartan Stadium on North Burnside Avenue in Gonzales and St. Amant High’s Stadium, The Pit, in La. 729 in St. Amant.
After the school board meeting last week, the parent said that the artificial turf “solves many problems with overuse” on the turf soccer fields, where other school events and soccer teams regularly take place in addition to soccer.
The parents plan to submit a new proposal to the school board that will examine whether the additional funds now available for the artificial turf project can be used to bring the turf to the high school baseball and softball fields.